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are also good. Well they were once.
Why are there not bands like these anymore?
Rock music lost it's personality somewhere.
it still has loads of personality! Fortunately these days it doesn't usually involve exposing its tiny penis at gigs like hewhocannotbenamed.
i was there when !!! done this
Nothing to do with exposing penises.
This year has been appaling.
and say, Boy! ..those Pixies, Pavement, MBV, Pumpkins et al... what great times those early 90s were!! And they were.
Now is better. Overall. I dunno if bands of today reach those heights, but there are a helluva lot more good bands today than ever before.
I am old. Trust me.
Pixies were special.
They inspire devotion amongst their fans that I have rarely seen in other places from that era and current. The Smiths and Radiohead are similar acts in that respect.
I think there were more consistent bands then, if that makes sense, as the likes of Pixies, Pavement, Ride, MBV, The Wedding Present, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Slowdive, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Teenage Fanclub rarely made a bad record between them.
Nowadays, there are plenty of good bands, but I think the quality is more hit and miss.
there's no saying that in 10 / 15 years time we will look back on todays bands with that level of romanticism.
But then again alot of today bands seem to be around for one or two albums then completley disappear off the radar. That instant connection doesn't seem to be met on a long term basis.
I suppose the whole climate is different now in that bands are under more pressure to deliver from the word go.
some bands / artists don't reach their peak either musically or commercially till after several albums and those artists aren't going to get that opportunity anymore. Partly becuase of the industry itself but also because I think the media and the audience have changed. It's alot more common to grow tired of something really quickly, see Kate Nash as an example she's a marmite artist but the buzz / talk around her has died down already and she's not even made her album yet.
is slightly different, I think, in that there was never a concerted build up before the backlash kicked in - LDN Is A Victim got many times more press and widespread attention than Caroline's A Victim did. Also, I'm not sure it has died down, whether it be that she's now on The Box playlist or everyone quoting the lemons line.
But yeah, the general point is very much the case - because we're at heart all A&R men trying to find some new wonder on Myspace the rate at which we demand new music is increasing and bands are getting hyped before they've set a date for their first single, and a lot of people are being left well behind, even those who had widespread first album acclaim - who cares about the Magic Numbers any more?
The rest I'm not that fussed by.
that's the only 2 I have actually, it all went a bit weird after I think, still mega band.
Nirvana (wouldn't have) and Modest Mouse wouldn't exist (in the same form) without them.
^^^^^ worst written sentence ever? yes.
'massively overrated'- Lou Barlow
I agree- i think they sullied their reputation. They were the first classic band of that period that reformed and they got loads of press. they kind of lost some of their mystery for me at that point.
dinosaur jr ect were amazing though, i love that musical period so much.
nowerdays....hmmm. i feel like 2007 is the beginning of the end for this decade of indie or guitar orientated music. Klaxons are pretty amazing but other than that...
bloc party, the strokes the white stripes, franz and arctics are probably this generations defining bands but they have already peaked.
there is alot of stuff that is basically ripping them off- really xeroxed versions of what they were doing.
and alot of the music coming out of london is just straight up REALLY shit. Everyone down here who makes music seems to have a gameplan, they all go out to the trendy clubs and talk for 6 months about the kind of band they are going to do before they actually do it. Alot of it seems really fake, but maybe that is just me being bitter.
for me its similar to the end of britpop or grunge.
something completely different is coming that will give us all a kick up that arse, but we are probably a few years away fromn that, and things will get REALLY bad before that happens.
hahaha. don't hate me for the above its just and opinion and i'm tired. I'm off to bed.
the interviewer is like 'yeah I always thought of them as a poormans throwing muses' and lou is like 'pft not even that'*
*please note I <3 throwing muses
1997-2003 seemed pretty bleak at the time but with hindsight there was amazing stuff going on underground, what with the internets nowadays it is alot easier to find good music etc so
who again sings that one song, "I would do away with the Pixies if you could give me something more..."?